Gay stuns Bolt in 100 meters at DN Galan
It turns out Usain Bolt can be beaten.
From Beijing to Berlin, it seemed that Bolt and his long, turbocharged strides were more than a match for anyone over 100 meters. But Tyson Gay upset the defending world and Olympic champion Friday in a race between the two fastest runners in history.
Gay beat the Jamaican at the DN Galan meet in 9.84 seconds, competing at the same stadium where Bolt last lost a race two years ago.
The American seemd to be in complete control against the world record-holder. The pair raced side by side in lanes four and five and as Gay, looking comfortable, drew away. Bolt was straining to keep up and finished second in 9.97.
"I'm really happy with the win, even though Usain Bolt isn't in the best shape," Gay said. "It was very important to beat someone like that for the fans and the sport."
Bolt has run faster this year, finishing in 9.82 a month ago in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A sellout crowd in the 1912 Olympic Stadium turned silent before the showdown. And the tension heightened even further after two false starts.
"I think it showed that I wasn't in the best of shape," Bolt said. "I'm not unbeatable. I can be beaten and it showed today."
"This is my easy season," he added. "If you don't beat me this season it's not going to happen next season because next year is a championship year."
The sprinters both looked like they left plenty in reserve when they cruised through the heats, and so it was for Gay when it came to the final. Richard Thompson of Trinidad finished third in 10.10.
The race would have had even more star power had Asafa Powell of Jamaica not pulled out Wednesday because of a back injury. That denied fans the chance to see the first race between the world's three fastest men.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt mesmerized all of track and field in winning the 100 and 200 - becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep both sprints at an Olympics. He then stormed to another world record of 9.58 last August at the world championships in Berlin.
In other events, Darya Klishna of Russia beat a top field in the women's long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches. Brittney Reese of the United States was second in 22-1 3/4, and European silver medalist Naide Gomes of Portugal third at 22-0 3/4.
"I missed Barcelona so this was something special for me," Klishna said. "I always like to jump with the best possible field. It gives me more motivation."
American Bershawn Jackson set a stadium record of 47.65 in the 400 hurdles. Javier Culson of Puerto Rico was a distant second in 48.50 and Angelo Taylor of the U.S. third in 49.57.